One Tree Hill cast: Where are they now?
It's never a bad idea to a revisit the coastal North Carolina town of Tree Hill. Catch up with the stars of the beloved teen drama.
One Tree Hill, then and now
One Tree Hill debuted on the WB on Sept. 23, 2003, and ended its nine-season run on the CW in 2012. Since then, the show made headlines due to allegations that creator Mark Schwahn sexually harassed and psychologically manipulated multiple female cast and crew members. In the wake of those accusations, Schwahn was fired from The Royals in 2017. The One Tree Hill cast members have all been busy since the series ended, however. See what the stars have been up to since the finale aired in the gallery ahead.
Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott)
Chad Michael Murray had already racked up a score of screen credits ahead of his One Tree Hill lead role as Lucas Scott, appearing in early-'00s favorites like Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek, and Freaky Friday (2003). He left the CW series in 2012 after a near-decade run, going on to pick up roles on the big screen (2013's Fruitvale Station and Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas) and on television (Chosen, Texas Rising, Million Dollar Quartet, Sun Records, Marvel's Agent Carter as war vet Jack Thompson, and Riverdale as cult leader Edgar Evernever). The actor has also appeared in a number of TV movies; played the titular serial killer in Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman (2021); and starred alongside Bruce Willis — who announced his retirement from acting in 2022 — in Fortress (2021) and Fortress: Sniper's Eye (2022).
Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis)
After nabbing parts in the likes of National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) and Learning Curves (2003), Sophia Bush hit One Tree Hill as brazen head cheerleader Brooke Davis. She continued to bolster her résumé outside the show with turns in Supercross (2005), John Tucker Must Die (2006), and Table for Three (2009), and landing several TV roles after the series concluded. She starred in Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire universe as Det. Erin Lindsay from 2014 to 2017; appeared on Jane the Virgin, This Is Us, and Love, Victor; and played the lead role on CBS' one-season medical drama, Good Sam, in 2022.
Bush was one of the One Tree Hill cast members to make sexual assault allegations against Schwahn. In 2021, she started a podcast with Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz titled Drama Queens, and the following year, they discussed how the OTH creator coerced them to do a sexualized photooshoot for Maxim.
Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer)
Since playing everyone's favorite troubled music lover, Burton has guested on multiple shows, including Castle and Forever, and had recurring roles on the USA drama White Collar and the CBS sci-fi mystery Extant. She also had a guest arc on Grey's Anatomy, where she got in between Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie (Sara Ramirez). "I'm a pretty square lady in real life," Burton, who lives on a farm in upstate New York with husband and fellow actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, told EW in 2014, "so if I'm going to come down off my farm and go back to work, it better be for some good trouble." Apparently, Fox's Lethal Weapon was just the right kind of "trouble," as Burton had a recurring role on the show from 2016 to 2017. She also appeared on Council of Dads, The Walking Dead, and Good Sam.
The actress has made headlines unrelated to acting, such as sharing an emotional message about her abortion during the reversal of Roe v. Wade and calling out fellow actress Candace Cameron Bure for purposefully excluding LGBTQ+ story lines in Christmas movies on the Great American Family network.
James Lafferty (Nathan Scott)
James Lafferty scored a handful of one-off credits before landing a breakout role on One Tree Hill as basketball player-slash-reformed-bad-boy Nathan Scott. He's remained active in the industry since the show's 2012 wrap, grabbing parts in 2013's Oculus and Lost on Purpose, as well as a recurring role on Crisis. He appeared on the John Legend-produced period drama Underground as U.S. Marshall Kyle Risdin; had a role in the 2017 indie Small Town Crime; and appeared on shows like The Haunting of Hill House, The Right Stuff, and All American.
Alongside his OTH costar Stephen Colletti, Lafferty stars, co-writes, and executive produces their Hulu series Everyone Is Doing Great, which draws from their own experience as onetime teen series heartthrobs.
Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley James Scott)
Following turns on Guiding Light, Charmed, and The Guardian, Bethany Joy Lenz joined One Tree Hill as wholesome "tutor girl" Haley James. She's since dabbled in television with stints on Dexter, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and American Gothic, but kept her primary focus on the music career she kick-started while on the series: She has released multiple studio albums and EPs since 2002. Lenz launched her own jewelry line with Stillnest in 2016. She also had recurring roles on Colony and Pearson, and appeared in a number of TV movies.
Lee Norris (Marvin "Mouth" McFadden)
Mouth can't escape his past: The actor, who appeared on One Tree Hill for nine years, memorably played Minkus on the '90s hit Boy Meets World and reprised that role on Disney Channel's Girl Meets World when it premiered in 2014. He also showed up as a police officer in 2014's Gone Girl and as a messenger in the 2020 Tom Hanks-starring Apple TV+ film, Greyhound.
Antwon Tanner (Antwon "Skills" Taylor)
Tanner, then known for the '90s sitcom Moesha, joined One Tree Hill as Skills. The 413 Hope St. and Boston Public alum went on to pop up on The Carmichael Show in 2016 and star as Jason on Adult Swim's Black Jesus. Apart from appearing in a few TV movies here and there, the actor appeared in features including Two Faced (2017) and Primary Position (2022), and had a role on the 2018 true-crime anthology series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
Paul Johansson (Dan Scott)
Before playing villain Dan, Paul Johansson earned credits for Santa Barbara, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, and John Q (2002). He's since appeared in a handful of TV movies and shows (along with 2011's Atlas Shrugged: Part 1), and guest-starred on the AMC series Mad Men, in which he played the smarmy Ferg Donnelly in the critically acclaimed show's seventh and final season. He also popped in for a guest role on ABC's Once Upon a Time; became a regular on SyFy's Van Helsing in 2016; and costarred alongside Bruce Willis in Detective Knight: Redemption (2022).
Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott)
Craig Sheffer had mostly worked in film before joining One Tree Hill as Lucas' trusty uncle Keith. After launching his career in 1982 with a one-time part on One Life to Live, he appeared in A River Runs Through It (1992), Fire in the Sky (1993), The Fall (1999), and Maze (2000), among other titles. He's worked between both TV and film post-One Tree Hill, snatching roles in The Mark (2012), Code of Honor (2016), Destruction: Los Angeles (2017), and season 10 of American Horror Story.
Barry Corbin (Whitney Durham)
Barry Corbin had already accumulated a catalog of credits before playing the wise Coach Whitey on One Tree Hill. He started his career in 1974, notching turns on TV (Dallas, Boone, Northern Exposure) and in film (2005's River's End, 2007's No Country for Old Men). After departing One Tree Hill in 2009, he picked up several movie roles (2010's Rising Stars, 2011's Valley of the Sun) before turning his primary attention to TV (The Closer, Suit Up, Anger Management, Blood & Oil, The Ranch, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Tulsa King).
Moira Kelly (Karen Roe)
Perhaps best known as the adult voice of Nala in The Lion King (1994) and her work in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), The Cutting Edge (1992), and on The West Wing, Kelly played One Tree Hill's Karen Roe, mother to Chad Michael Murray's brooding Lucas Scott. After leaving the show in 2009, Kelly went on to do guest stints on other popular shows: Law & Order (2008), Heroes (2009), and Numb3rs (2010). She has appeared in a number of Lifetime projects, including Drop Dead Diva and Girl in the Bunker (2018), and on series like The Resident and Panic.
Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott)
Woods got her start as the star of many horror B-movies of the '90s and doing guest roles on every big show of the '80s and '90s — from The Golden Girls to Seinfeld. When she finished her stint on One Tree Hill as Deb, the neurotic mother of Nathan Scott, Woods continued her work on TV, guest starring on Desperate Housewives and The Gates. She recurred on the ABC comedy The Goldbergs in 2014 as Mrs. Caldwell and scored the role of Mayor Michelle Cross on SyFy's Chucky.
Danneel Ackles (Rachel Gatina)
Before snagging the role of Rachel Gatina on One Tree Hill, Ackles (then known as Danneel Harris) appeared on One Life to Live and What I Like About You in major roles. After exiting Tree Hill, Harris guest starred on NCIS. Harris earned other credits with the short-lived comedy Friends With Benefits (2011), Retired at 35, and How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life). She married Supernatural star Jensen Ackles in 2010 — which led to her recurring role as Anael on the CW series — and the couple has a daughter, born in 2013, and fraternal twins, born in December 2016.
Jackson Brundage (Jaime Scott)
Brundage's portrayal of the adorable Jamie Scott was his first big break. The young actor next appeared in Scott Baio's Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run from 2012 to 2015. Brundage also provided the voice of Foo in the Nickelodeon animated series Harvey Beaks. The former child actor can be found on TikTok and Instagram.
Austin Nichols (Julian Baker)
Before playing Julian Baker on One Tree Hill, Nichols racked up roles in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen video Holiday in the Sun (2001), Wimbledon (2004), and Glory Road (2006). In the years since, he took on the role of Spencer Monroe on AMC's The Walking Dead from 2015 to 2016; played Sam Loomis in season 5 of A&E's Bates Motel; and made guest appearances on The Mob Doctor, Ray Donovan, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Walker, and Minx.
Robert Buckley (Clay Evans)
Buckley, who played Clay Evans on One Tree Hill, earned early credits for Fashion House, American Heiress, and Lipstick Jungle. He's had a healthy post-OTH career that has included prominent roles on 666 Park Avenue, the CW comedy-drama iZombie — in which he played the main character's ex-fiancé — and Chesapeake Shores.
Shantel VanSanten (Quinn James)
VanSanten scored her first big role as Quinn James, younger sister to Haley Scott, joining One Tree Hill in its seventh season. Since then, VanSanten has appeared on two short-lived series, Gang Related and The Messengers, along with recurring roles on Beauty and the Beast and The Flash. After she starred alongside Ryan Phillippe in USA's Shooter from 2016 to 2018, the actress got a main role on Apple TV+'s For All Mankind and made TV stints on The Boys and FBI.
Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre)
Before she was a country star, Kramer was troubled actress-turned-model Alex Dupre on One Tree Hill. Since leaving the show, Kramer put her acting career, which included pre-OTH credits like Friday Night Lights and Entourage, on hold. She's released two albums — Jana Kramer (2012) and Thirty One (2015) — and scored an ACM nomination for Female Vocalist in 2016, which is the same year she also competed on Dancing With the Stars. On screen, Kramer has appeared in projects like Support the Girls (2018), Soccer Mom Madam (2021), Steppin' Into the Holiday (2022), and more.
Stephen Colletti (Chase Adams)
The former Laguna Beach star made the transition from reality to a scripted show with his gig as Chase. He's appeared in multiple episodes of VH1's Hit the Floor from 2013 to 2016, along with a couple of TV movies, 2015's Summer Forever, and short film Celluloid Dreams. Along with James Lafferty, Colletti worked on the series Everyone Is Doing Great, which draws from their own experience as onetime teen-series heartthrobs.
Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller)
Singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton joined One Tree Hill in its second season as arrogant musician Chris Keller. He's continued his acting career had recurring roles on Single Ladies and Extant in his post-OTH days. On the music side of things, he's continued to release albums and tour; his seventh studio album, City on Fire, came out in 2019. He married The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Megan Park in 2015 and guest starred on a couple of episodes of Fox's Pitch.